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World stars of Africa Express seek to revive Mali’s music industry

A collective of musicians from around the world, known as Africa Express, is in the Malian capital, Bamako to give the music industry a much-needed boost. The event is taking place just a few months after the defeat, by French-led troops, of Islamist militants who took over the northern part of the country last year. […]

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Seun Kuti Lights Up Paris

The 12th edition of the annual La Villette Jazz Festival kicked off in Paris on September 3. The 12-day event featured a handful of renowned international artistes like Gregory Porter, Antibalas, Jamie Cullum, Fatoumata Diawara and Nigeria’s own Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt 80 Band, amongst others. Seun and Fela’s Egypt Band performed at the […]

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Fatoumata Diawara Talks To CNN About Fight For Peace in Mali and More

Malian/French singer Fatoumata Diawara spoke to the host of African Voices on CNN about being born to Malian parents in Ivory Coast and being immersed with Malian culture from birth. She spoke about moving to live with her actress aunt in Mali at age 9 and ending up an actress herself. Fatou described how she […]

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Ghana Represents at Glastonbury 2013 with FOKN BOIS and Sister Deborah

Mali undoubtedly brought a strong taste of Africa to Glastonbury, with powerful and prominent appearances by Fatoumata Diawara and Rokia Traore (alongside Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones) among others, but Ghana was also there representing. Now that the dust has settled our contact who was at Glasto and can be identified as A.H., has the […]

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Africa Passes Through Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and Others

Africa, largely Mali, passed through Glastonbury over the course of last week. The famed UK festival featured heavyweights such as the Rolling Stones who appeared for the first time ever and the Oasis’s Noel Callagher. These indiciduals shared their star presence alongside African household names such as French-Malian Fatoumata Diawara and her fellow Malian Rokia […]

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Mali hits Glastonbury: Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara and more

When music was banned in Mali, the organisers of Glastonbury festival swung into action and invited the country’s top acts over. Here’s what to look out for. When it comes to African music, Glastonbury stands taller than most A-list rock’n’roll festivals. Way back in 1982, the percussion wig-outs of Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade were a revelation to me: […]

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Fatoumata Diawara | Republic of Mali

Author – Této Parvanov One of Mali’s biggest treasures; Fatoumata Diawara, has been sharing her heart-felt music with the World in an attempt to bring the oppression of her fellow Malian women to the forefront of Western thought. She has taken an ambassadorial role with her musical career, appearing as a shining beacon to many […]

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Fatoumata Diawara Speaks on Mali Conflict

Popular Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara has weighed in on the conflict that has rocked Mali and involved several superpowers, including France and the UK. Speaking to UK’s Channel 4 News from the station’s Paris studios, Fatoumata highlighted her people’s love for peace and desire to reconcile hostile parties. The France based musician lamented the devastation […]

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2012 Brought Africa Relevant Success

On the 10th day of the year, we take a review of what the impact or lack thereof that our music and culture caused onto the world. The year just ended was the year for genuine African music and real African talent to glow. We saw a number of acts come to the imelight. Be-it home […]

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10 Acts Nominated For Best African Act in MOBOs 2011

This year’s MOBOs (Music of Black Origin) have a long line up for best African act. The nominees are Nigerians D’Banj, Wizkid and Seun Kuti. From South African, there is the duo Liquideep and rapper Spoek Mathambo. From Mali there is songstress Fatoumata Diawara, rap trio Smod and singer Viewux Farka Toure. Also nominated is […]

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